On this day February 20, 1861
The Coventry Times was founded in 1855 by bookseller Edward Goode as a weekly, non-conformist publication and was Coventry’s first penny paper. According to the front page of Wednesday 30 December 1863 it boasted a circulation of “nearly 6000 weekly”.
In 1879, the paper was bought by former ribbon manufacturer turned printer and publisher, William Isaac Iliffe in partnership with William Francis Dawson. In 1881 the newspaper was employing 7 men and 7 boys. Dawson retired in 1888 and Iliffe was sole proprietor by 1891.
The Coventry Times was sold by Iliffe in 1914 and incorporated into the liberal weekly Coventry Herald. Iliffe then bought the Coventry Herald in 1915.
For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:
- 1855–55 The Coventry Times
- 1856–63 The Coventry Weekly Times
- 1864–79 The Coventry Times, Nuneaton, Warwick, and Leamington Journal
- 1880–1914 The Coventry Times, and Warwickshire Journal.
This newspaper is published by Local World Limited in Coventry, West Midlands, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in Jul 14, 2012. The latest issues were added in Nov 12, 2016.